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What is Freemasonry?
Many definitions have been suggested. Most of them are over-simplified, incomplete and not altogether accurate.
One of the best definitions is that proposed by the late Charles C. Bunt of Iowa:
"Freemasonry is an organized society of men symbolically applying the principles of operative masonry and architecture to the science and art of character building".
The Bunt definition especially distinguishes our Fraternity from all other organizations that teach a systems of morality.
Freemasonry is many things, but one brief description could be that it is a society for the joint effort of its members towards individual self-improvement, a fraternity for learning and cultivating the art of living and the building of character.
What is the basic Purpose or Goal of Freemasonry?
The great American Quaker leader, Rufus M. Jones, observed that "the only way to change human systems is to change human lives".
Freemasonry enunciates the same mighty truth. It has its own peculiar manner of changing human lives -- not through programs, movements or campaigns that divide, but through principles that unite.
Through the improvements and strengthening of the character of the individual man, Freemasonry seeks to improve the community.
Thus it impresses upon its members the principles of righteousness and personal responsibility. It enlightens them to those things which make for human welfare and inspires them with that feeling of charity and goodwill toward all mankind which will move them to translate principle and conviction into action.
That is doing it the hard way but it also is the effective and lasting way.
Freemasons do not solicit membership, so as the saying goes "TO BE ONE, ASK ONE". The first thing to do is to find a Lodge in your area. The easiest way to do that is to search the Web for the Grand Lodge in your state, if you live in New Mexico see our links page. Secondly, the qualifications in each state for the petitioner may vary so you need to find out what those qualifications are, and if you meet them, they should also be on the Grand Lodge page.
In New Mexico,
The petitioner must be a man, freeborn and of sound mind.
He must believe in a Supreme Being and be willing to freely state his trust in the Deity.
He must be of lawful age (18) and be able to speak, read and write the English language.
He must have legitimate means of support for himself and family.
He must be of good moral character.
Finally, he should not have any physical defect which would not allow him, as a candidate, to conform in spirit to the requirements of the rights and ceremonies of all the degrees.
Finally, you will need to fill out a petition for the degrees of freemasonry. In New Mexico you're also required to submit to a background check.
You can download the petition and background check at the bottom of this page. There is also a petition for Plural Membership.
But please, before you fill out the petition, talk to a Mason to be very sure that in your heart you truly want to join the Fraternity.